Fresno State Safety prospect Phillip Thomas thinks he will be a perfect fit for the Redskins. He had an interview last week with team officials, including Mike Shanahan. In that interview, Thomas says there is similarity between the Redskins defensive scheme and the one he learned at college while attending Fresno State University.
The meeting was just an interview, but it is key that Thomas played in a similar system in college. If Thomas is already comfortable with the Redskins defensive scheme it will significantly reduce the amount of time it will take for him to transition from a college to pro. When asked about the Skins’ scheme when interviewed on 106.7 The Fan, he said ““It’s crazy. They run exactly the same scheme that I ran in college.”
Thomas is what the Redskins defense needs the most and has been lacking since Sean Taylor’s untimely and tragic death in November of 2007. Thomas is a ball hawking, big hitting 6 foot 210 lb safety with great range. He mentioned how he is always around the ball and is always trying to cause turnovers and make plays, which is evident by his eight interceptions in 2012, which led the nation. His ball hawking ability could be just what the Redskins defense needs.
Thomas is projected as a second round pick by NFL Scouts and experts. Let’s hope that he lasts till the Redskins 51st pick in the second round. If he does, he could be an immediate starter and huge upgrade at one of our safety positions.